KAHAL and Semester at Sea have partnered to help support Jewish life throughout the seas and the world. KAHAL works with both Semester at Sea faculty and students to help facilitate in-country cultural exchanges, in addition to programming for students at sea. Find out more about specific opportunities for Jewish engagement by clicking on the resources at the bottom of the page to see our co-branded Jewish Life at Sea resource guide. Students who reference KAHAL when they apply will have the Semester at Sea application fee waived (use voucher code KAHAL). 


With the world as its classroom and more than 50 years of experience, Semester at Sea integrates multiple-country study, interdisciplinary coursework, and hands-on field experience for meaningful engagement in the global community. Over a 100-day voyage on a shipboard campus, students are offered a wide variety of coursework from 20 – 25 fields of study that are integrated with relevant field classes in up to a dozen countries, allowing for an experiential, comparative education that is truly global.

Find out more at: www.semesteratsea.org


KAHAL’s Semester at Sea Global Ambassador works with staff and students to create meaningful Jewish opportunities on the ship and in port by connecting with local communities, students, and insider tours. With the training and networks of the KAHAL team, the Semester at Sea Global Ambassador coordinates Jewish life experiences for students of all backgrounds throughout the voyage. 


Past experiences have included:

  • Celebrating Passover with host families in Casablanca
  • Touring Cochin’s old Jewish quarter and meeting with the few remaining Jewish community members
  • Dinner and nights out with local Jewish students in Rio de Janeiro
  • Weekly Friday night Shabbat dinners at Sea

Email Becca Flyer (Becca@KahalAbroad.org) for more information.

“The passover seder in Casablanca, was by far the coolest experience I had while abroad. It was an amazing experience that made me feel at home in such a far away land. I learned that I have family all over the world because I am Jewish, and it made me very proud of my resilient faith. ”

Gabriel K.Semester at Sea and KAHAL Alum

“Going to the Chabad in Ghana was one of the most incredible experiences of my life. We walked in and were welcomed with open arms. I was surprised to see the seder was filled with many people from all over the world. We spoke to people from America, France, Switzerland, Israel, Spain, and many more. There were even 4 Ghanaian Jews which I did not expect at all. Hearing all of their stories and traditions was amazing and many of them offered to take us around the next couple of days and showed us a great time. ”

Jessi V.Former KAHAL Semester at Sea Global Ambassador

“I had a wonderful time celebrating Rosh Hashanah at the military base in Rota. It was amazing to see so many people from around the world singing the same songs and celebrating life. I also have to mention how incredible the food was. 5780 definitely kicked off to a sweet start. Thank you to everyone who made this possible.”

Sade S.Former KAHAL Semester at Sea Global Ambassador

“Our seder on the ship was incredible!! We had it in the fancy restaurant and they prepared a special meal for us with a Seder plate and all. It was so much fun to be able to celebrate with the 30+ people who came including both students and faculty and even some of the ship kids. Everyone participated in the seder and we all sang our favorite tunes to each prayer. ”

Jessi V.Former KAHAL Semester at Sea Global Ambassador








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Throwback to when we wished a huge Bon Voyage to Jessi Vishny, University of Miami Junior, when she was getting ready to sail away on an amazing Semester at Sea experience.








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Passover in Port! In partnership with Chabad of Cape Town and Chabad at UT Austin, KAHAL made a special Matzoh delivery to the ship to make sure everyone on the boat could celebrate as they sailed!